North Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Block On Abortion Ban
By Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund, Inc. | March 16, 2023, 8:22 p.m.
Huge victory for doctors and pregnant people across the state
Bismarck, ND — Today, the North Dakota Supreme Court blocked the state’s trigger abortion ban from taking effect, citing the fundamental right to life saving abortions. The abortion ban was passed by the state legislature in 2007 and set to become law should the U.S. Supreme Court ever overturn Roe v. Wade, which happened in June of 2022. Planned Parenthood does not operate a health center in North Dakota.
Red River Women’s Clinic sued in July to prevent the abortion ban from taking effect. The clinic was the only abortion provider in the state before moving its operations to Moorhead, Minnesota last year. The District Court issued a preliminary injunction to prevent the ban from taking effect which the North Dakota Supreme Court upheld in its decision today.
Statement from Katie Christensen, North Dakota State Director, External Affairs for Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund:
“The court's decision today is an enormous victory for doctors, pregnant people, and all North Dakotans. People need and deserve access to abortion care, and today the court said that remains possible. The decision about whether, when, or how to become a parent is one of the most important life decisions we make. A person should have the right to make decisions about their reproductive health care and future, not politicians.”
Founded in 1992, the Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization. As the advocacy and electoral arm of PPMNS, we mobilize supporters of all parties to defend and increase access to family planning services and fact based, medically accurate sexuality education. We work to inspire and engage citizens to take up the cause of reproductive health and rights through education, electoral activity, grassroots organizing and legislative advocacy.
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